This is a sickness, a sickness of the mind. Back in the day I used to squint at the gore the daily newspaper might be offering up. These days I squint sideways as one might at a disgusting wound,when perusing the latest act the left is perpetrating against humanity in the guise of doublespeak.
Mr. Batchen, whose course is called "The Photograph in the World," said the exhibition deliberately included only portraits of Iraqis killed by Americans. "We're in the United States," he said. "Our military is undertaking these activities." But he said the exhibition was not "explicitly an anti-war project."
Students in his course designed the exhibit to coincide with a symposium that the Graduate Center is hosting this week called "Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis," organized by several universities and museums.
The symposium intends to "explore the increasingly urgent questions provoked by photographs of atrocity in contemporary visual culture," according to its Web site. Along the same hallway that contains "Portraits of Grief" is another project created by the class, which features enlarged questionnaires that people filled out about their reactions to the Abu Ghraib images of tortured Iraqi prisoners.
"The project is about our
complicity," said the class's professor, Geoffrey Batchen, a professor
in art history at the Graduate Center, CUNY's doctoral granting
institution. This is what is teaching your children, ladies and gentlemen. This..........scourge - Atlas
Why do I have to fund this sedition?
None of the vignettes contain information about the context of the specific American military actions and none mentions the existence of Iraqi and foreign insurgents. The students in Mr. Batchen's class wrote the biographical snippets using information they culled from anti-war Web sites, iraqvictims.com, iraqbodycount.org, and the Web site of the Guardian newspaper.
In other words, no fact based sites - pure propaganda, Goebbels-inspired sites. Imagine this photography exhibit is playing against the backdrop of gut wrenching witness testimony of the most heinous atrocities of Saddam Hussein's regime at his ongoing trial.Truth is indeed far stranger than fiction.
One portrait describes Mohammed Al-Izmerly as an "acclaimed chemist and scholar" who "decided to turn his daughter Nuha's bedroom into a kind of family archive. The small room where he'd once kissed his daughter goodnight was now filled with pictures of Nuha and her sisters." The poster says the chemist was killed "while in custody at a camp near Baghdad International Airport."
The Associated Press reported in March that American investigators say Al-Izmerly was a leader of Iraq's effort to develop chemical arms and was an assassination specialist who designed a "poison pen."
It's not "he said she said", I hear that a lot lately, "you can't believe either side" or "you can't believe any news org" - now that the left has been so unmercifully discredited, everybody has to go down with the ship? Sorry, that kind of thinking (or lack of) is spineless and thoughtless.
Of course there are sources you can believe. Those that do their homework, get the facts, and write. Don't be lazy. Get your facts, do your homework and if you do, you will be richly rewarded with an uncommon gift.......knowledge. There will be resources you will come to rely on, as they are historically accurate, a much needed but uncommon virtue in journalism. See above. This is what they are teaching in your schools. And they won't let the poor have a choice, no school vouchers for the less fortunate, says the left. Even though Bush signed it into law early in his adminstration, no school vouchers for public or parochial schools. Home schooling is the future. Gotta be.
Photo NY Sun: VIGNETTES: The display cases in CUNY’s Graduate Center exhibit portraits of Iraqi civilians killed by Americans. RACHEL PAPO